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Dear Zoo is a pre-school book written by Rod Campbell and first published in 1982 so it has been around for a good few years now.
I first came across this book when I was at a local play session with my daughter. She picked it and started looking at it. I read it to her and she immediately adored it! As soon as I got home I turned to amazon and ordered her a copy! It's been one of her favourites ever since and my son is now picking it up more and more often too.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
So the book starts off with "I wrote to the Zoo to send me a pet, they sent me a............ He was too..........! I sent him back!"
On each page there is a flap that hides the animal and when the flap is pulled back it reveals the animal that the zoo have sent this time.
It goes through a number of animals that the Zoo send but there is something wrong with all of them, e.g, too big, too fierce, too grumpy, so they get sent back until the zoo send something that is suitable, a dog!
Each page is very simple and has just a little bit of writing (which is almost the same on every page and in the same place) and a flap for each different animal.
On each flap there is a bit of a clue as to what is behind the flap. On the animals containers there is something that hints to what it holds like "heavy" on the elephants cage and "danger" on the lions.
As each animal is revealed the book gives a little insight to the animals characteristics so for young children this is a really good and fun introduction to different animals and what they are like.
As it is short and repetitive, it helps children learn to read as the word become so familiar. It is really easy to memorise as it is basically the same words on every page and the same rhythm. My daughter has known this book off by heart since she was two and a half. I am hoping that by knowing the words to it it will be helping her to read as she know the words and then see them on the page.
Even though this is a great book, I can't say it is made to last.
The book usually comes in board book style so the pages are made of hard chunky card and are hard wearing. The flaps however are much thinner. The flaps are easily ripped by excited children so don't last too long.
My daughter is always very gentle with everything, always has been even from very young and has always looked after her books and kept them in great condition so it was never a problem for her.
However when my son came along and started wanting to share her books, he was the complete opposite. The little heavy handed whirlwind that he is, gets so excited to see what is behind the flaps he sometimes pulls a little too hard and they get ripped and sometimes torn off. I have had to tape a couple of the flaps back on again and if it starts looking too tatty I'll just order another off amazon.
PRICE AND AVAILABILTY
This brilliant children's book is available from most book shops, some supermarkets and of course online from Amazon.
It is currently selling on Amazon for £3 with free delivery. An absolute bargain!!
Recently in Tesco's I have seen a version of Dear Zoo with buttons on the side that makes the animal noises for £8. Fab!
I haven't met a child who dislikes this book. It's a lovely book for children who already love books like my daughter and it's also a great way of encouraging children to get into books who don't like to sit and do one thing, like my son (he won't sit and concentrate on one thing for long at all but even he loves this book).
My daughter gets to borrow a book from pre-school for a week once a week. Twice now, she has chosen to bring this book home even though we already have two copies of it. She just really loves it!
A big hit in our house!
5/5 from me!
Thank you so much for reading. I hope it was useful
xx Mrs K xx
My daughter loves books and so I'm always on the lookout in charity shops for new books to try for her. This was one I found on one of my travels and I thought it looked like one she would enjoy. She was 3 when we bought the book for her.
---About the book:
Dear Zoo is a book written by Rod Campbell. We have the board book version which is quite small in size and square. The front of the book has the title and the author written in large black easy to read font. The rest of the cover is taken up with a large picture taken from the book of a lion in a red cage with 'From the Zoo' written on it. The back of the book tells you it is a lift the flap book in which we can see what perfect pet the zoo has sent.
The book itself is all about writing to the zoo for a pet and they keep sending inappropriate animals like a lion, a snake, a camel and an elephant. On each page there is a flap that can be lifted to see which animal has been sent by the zoo and then there is a reason given as to why it was unsuitable and the words 'I sent him back'. Eventually, they get it right with an appropriate pet!
My daughter really enjoys this book and can lift the flaps and recognise the animals easily. The book is very simplistic as each page is blank white except for the writing which is in black, and then the colourful flap to be lifted and the picture of the animal underneath. There are no distracting backgrounds for this story which makes it very good for young children so they can focus on the images easily. It is good for children starting to learn to read as it is repetitive so they can see the words again and again. This is normally good, but my daughter just memorises things if they are too easy, so she doesn't actually look at the words so isn't really learning to read!
The flaps are easy to lift for young fingers and make the book more interesting. The words are generally quite easy for a child learning to read, except for the descriptive ones about the unsuitable animals as they use words like fierce and naughty which are obviously harder for children to be able to read. The font used in the book makes it easy to read each letter and it is big enough to be able to see easily. The animals are easy to recognise as the drawings are done well and my daughter did not have any problems working out what they were.
I would recommend this book for young children as it is a lovely way of showing them different animals which are easy to recognise due to the drawings used. My only issue with the book is that it doesn't actually print the name of the animal when you life the flap which means the child doesn't know what the word looks like, but that is a really minor point and does not detract away from the overall excellence of the story. My daughter will keep going back to this book to read it and is learning to recognise the words now that she is 4. It is a good book to help build children's confidence with books and can be used at a very early age to introduce them to books because of the lift the flap; but will be able to stay as a favourite for a long time.
Dear Zoo is a simple and yet really useful book. We have two copies, one a larger paperback version and a smaller hardback version.
The basic premise of the book is that a child writes to the zoo asking for a gift and keeps being sent inappropriate animals and explains why, for example the monkey was sent back for being too naughty, the camel for being too grumpy and the snake for being too scary.
This is a lovely little book, it is probably for kids of around 12-20 months, our little one still enjoys it and can now shout some of the animal names, but it is less complex than many of the books we are reading.
This is a decent book for allowing kids to identify animals and learn their names, the pages aren't overcomplicated the involve the animals cage or box which you can pull up to identify the animal.
The wording is simple and effective, I can't say too much about it as my review is probably about 10 times as long as the book, the illustration is lovely with nice soft drawings of the animals that are gentle enough not to scare kids but really do look quite like the animals.
The book is designed to allow children to identify with animals and the noises they make, this does it perfectly and I think we will get a few more months out of this, making it a very decent value book.
The book is available on Amazon, we bought the hardback copy for £4.39 it is now £4.79, the paperback copy cost us £2.19 inc postage from Amazon Marketplace.
My only quibble with the book, is that at a younger age, our little troublemaker would pull at the pop up cage elements, quite naturally and it ripped them slightly, this is my only problem with the book, for young children their natural curiousness will get the better of them and there is a risk that this lovely little book will lose some of its appeal.
Overall a great book that has proven very useful for us in identifying animals and their noises. Nicely drawn, simple, easy to read and well worth buying as an integral part of a childs development. Only marked down one star due to the risk of the pop up elements being ripped off, especially on the hardback version.
Rod Campbell is a Scottish writer of many well loved and well known children's books with 'Dear Zoo' being amongst the more popular of the books he's written. It has been a best seller in Britain for over 25 years and can be found on most under 5's bookshelves. The book has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Persian, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
'Dear Zoo' is a board book, aimed at the under 5 age group, with flaps to lift on each page. The premise of the story is a child who has written to the zoo for a pet and on each page it reveals the unsuitability of each pet the zoo sends; for instance the elephant that is too big, the giraffe who is too tall or the lion who is too fierce. At the end of the book the zoo finally sends a puppy - who is perfect!
I remember this book from my childhood and have very fond memories of it. As a child who could read from the age of 3.5 years old I can safely say this book was in my collection at home and was something that was read over and over again so when I spotted it in Mothercare (currently on sale for £2.99) I was sure I had to buy it for my son. He was a few months old when we bought the book and it wasn't long before he could lift the flaps on the book and enjoy it so I felt it was worth buying.
My son is now three and has the story committed to memory so whenever we read the story together he knows what animal is coming next. He did rip a few of the flaps when he was 18 months, though, so it's not in pristine condition and I might consider buying another book to replace the ripped one. It does seem to be fairly tempting (and easy) for little people to rip so I would watch out for that with wee ones if you don't want the book getting ripped.
Overall I rate this book quite highly as it's age appropriate for under 5s and can be enjoyed by adults - even if you're reading it for the 20th time that day! At £2.99 I consider this a decent price for such a book as it's a classic children's book and is so enjoyable that even though it's only a few pages long it's still a 'good' price for this type of book.
I remembered this book when I was at school so when I came across it on Amazon and had some outstanding credit I decided to get it for my daughter as she loves reading.
The book is written by Rod Campbell and published by the Penguin group, it was first published in 1982 so it has been around for a long time. Like I said I bought the book on amazon for around £3.50 for the paperback version, it is also available in a board book and also in a noisy book which has buttons to press to make animal noises.
The front cover of the book shows a bright red crate with slats open where you can see there is a Lion hidden inside, there is a label on the crate stating from the zoo, the title of the book and the author are written across the front cover in bold black writing so stand out well against the black background.
The book is about a boy or girl (you are not told which) who has written to the zoo and asked for an animal to be sent for a pet, throughout the book the zoo send various animals for pets but there is something wrong with them all until finally the zoo sends a dog. There is an Elephant that's too big, a Giraffe that's too tall, a Lion that's too fierce, a Camel that's too grumpy, a Snake that's too scary, a Frog that's too jumpy and a Monkey that's too naughty.
The pictures in this book are pretty simple and are in bold bright colours, the pictures don't have much detail to them but I think this is fine in a childrens book. On each page the animal that has been sent is hidden behind a bright crate and your child has to pull open the flaps to find out what the animal is, on some of the pages you can see part of the animal before the flap is moved and my daughter enjoys guessing the animal although we have now read it that many times that she knows which animal is behind which flap.
My daughter finds this book funny as when we get to the naughty Monkey page I tell her I have two naughty Monkeys. I was quite surprised when we read the book to find that my daughter didn't know what a camel was but I suppose it is not one of the main animals a child usually learns. The book has only a few words on each page which are written in quite large black letters and the wording is quite repetitive which is great for my daughters age who are beginning to learn to read. I loved this book as a child and so does my daughter now, my youngest will sit and listen to it although she is a little rough with the flaps and they do rip easily, I think the fact that this book has been around for nearly 30 years says it all.
This is a review of the 1982 (but a 2007 reprint) book "Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell. It's a Children's book with differing 'lift the flap' actions within.
Setting the scene
The book is about a person (whom we never see) who wrote to the zoo to request a pet, the book then goes through a list of unsuitable pets sent in different packaging solutions which form the flap lifting action.
There are plenty of pages to read in this book, eight in total, each with a flap to reveal the animal sent from the zoo. We go from elephant (too big); Giraffe (too tall); Lion (too fierce); Camel (too grumpy); Snake (too scary) ; Monkey (too naughty) and a dog (perfect). You can guess which one the narrator keeps!
My daughter loves this book and after a few readings was doing the flap lifting herself. As it was brand new the flaps started off a little stiff (as opposed to hanging by a thread from a second hand book!) and she enjoys us both reading this book.
If I had to critique the book I would say that you have to work out what the animals are yourself as it is not printed, well it is obvious from the picture so you can still say it out loud but it does feel like something is missing.
The book is hardback with cardboard pages and flaps and really well made. It withstands boisterous reading and I can trust my daughter to look at it on her own too which I don't risk with thinner cardboard flap books. Each flap is different too so my daughter has to work out which way to open the crate or box containing the animal.
We bought our book from Asda for £4 but you can buy from Amazon from £1.66. The RRP is £5.99. I think that the price is fair due to the quality of the book but there are probably a lot of copies around due to its popularity so you could find it in a charity shop if you look hard enough.
As an adult I do like to silently consider the sense behind stories and nursery rhymes as we are reading. It helps to keep me sane when we are on the fifth reading in the same day of the same book! In this book the solution is a dog but a. would a zoo send me animals if I politely wrote to them? b. What would the postage be on some of the larger animals? c. would they accept returns if the reason was that I just didn't like the contents? and finally d. would a zoo have dogs to start off with? Ooh cynical!
This book is a hit in our household and is one we often choose to read again and again. Recommended read.
From the creator of the Spot collection of books, Rod Campbell comes this wonderful lift the flap book from the zoo. My daughter absolutely loves this book and is a firm favourite of ours at bedtime. We were given this book as a gift from my parents as they know she really likes Spot so thought she would enjoy this too. In fact this book to me looks a lot like the Spot books as well with obviously similar illustrations, colouring and writing.
We are told the story by the narrator who writes to the zoo to send him a pet and he then gets sent various animals but none of them are quite right. For example he gets sent an elephant but the elephant is too big so he ends him back. The picture of the elephant is behind the flap that you need to lift up and so it reveals what animal it was that was too big. The rest of the animals that the storyteller gets sent are a giraffe which is too tall, a lion which is too fierce, a camel which is too grumpy, a snake which is too scary, a monkey which is too naughty and a frog which is too jumpy. In the end the narrator gets sent the perfect pet, a cute little dog, I guess it always had to be a dog.
I like this book in that it teaches kids all about animals and their personal specific characteristics which is good for kids to learn. It also is made fun by the fact that they need to lift up the flaps to reveal the animals and provides some element of surprise and excitement when they lift up the flap to see what is underneath. The illustrations in this book are lovely and I think the animals look very realistic and cute.
My only criticisms with this book is that the animal word is never written down, i.e. when we see that the elephant is too big the word elephant is not written in the story, we just get the visual and I think it would be nice for the word to be written so it can help kids to learn the word. Also the flaps are quite flimsy and easily pulled off and we already have the lion and the camel stuck on again with sticky tape but I find this with the Spot books as well so maybe that is just the way they are.
All in all a lovely book that I recommend.
'The lion book' as it is to my 3 year old is a firm favourite in our house. Dear Zoo written by Rod Campbell and published way back in 1982 is almost classic. I remember reading and loving the book as a child. It is the book Rod Campbell who writes for babies and toddlers, is known for. I bought him this aged about 18months in hard back and it has been read so many times. An excited book for a toddler with flaps to see which animals are hiding behind the flaps.
The story is based on a child writing to the zoo for a pet. We go through the story reading which animals the zoo sent. The flap is a bright and colourful illustration of the cage/house of the animal and it's exciting for the child to eagerly pull down the flap to see which animal there is behind it. This book teaches the animal names and the reasons behind why the animal isnt suitable as a pet teaches children a little bit about the animal. The flaps are cardboard so are good strength.
The book is a lovely book to read to babies, toddlers and pre-school children. The hardback is a nice size for little hands as well. I believe a child over preschool age wouldnt enjoy it as much, having said that my son is 4 next month and shows no signs of being bored with it yet!
I actually remember this book from when I was younger and loved it so I bought my neice it for her 2nd birthday, and she loves me reading it with her. She loved Rod Campbell's oh dear, which involved lifting the flaps to find animals, but they were just farm animals, so I thought I would mix it up a bit with some good old animals from the zoo.
The story involves a man who writes to the zoo and asks for a pet, they keep sending him different animals until he finally finds the perfect one. Each animal is in a cage, and you have to lift up the flap to see which animal it is. Whenever we read animal books together she tells me the name of the animal and what noise it makes. She particularly loves the snake, probably because she has an excuse to 'sssss' and spit all over me. Other animals that feature are things like lions, camels and monkeys. This is a great book for kids, and helps them learn animal names, noises, and their size. (also luckily, reasons why some animals dont make very good pets! e.g. too tall)
The book is a very sturdy book and the flaps are easy to lift up so kids can read it even when they are quite young.
I'm definately a fan of rod campbell, and will be on the lookout for any more of his books!
My first baby is now at an age (11 months) where she will sit on my lap and play with a book, so I was delighted when a friend gave a carrier bag with a variety of children's book that her little ones had grown out of and Dear zoo was one of these books. I remember this being one of my favourites as a child and started my childhood collection of pop up books (not sure what happened to them must ask my mum).
The book was first published in 1982, now available in 17 languages and was written and illustrated by Rod Campbell. For a very interesting read about the author himself visit www.rodcampbell.co.uk.
The edition I have is a board book version that is just over 6 inches square with 9 thick, strong cardboard pages. Although I received a used version apart from a set of teeth marks on a couple of the pages and slight colour fading of the cover it is in very good condition. I mention this as my friend has 3 children and they all would all of played with this book and it is a testament to how well made these books are that it is sturdy enough to do my children as well. None of the flaps are even bent or ripped!
It is aimed at under 5's and uses simple words, easy to read text and repetition of phrases for little ones to join in with even before they can read.
The story is of a child writing to a Zoo asking for pet. Each time an animal arrives it is found to be unsuitable for different reasons and is sent back to the Zoo where another animal is sent out again. Animals rejected include an elephant for being too big and a lion for being too fierce etc you get the idea. The process is repeated 8 times when on the eighth time a perfect pet is sent, which is a dog. Each potential pet arrives in various sizes of crates, boxes or baskets that have a flap that needs to be lifted to see the animal inside. As already mentioned the flaps are not flimsy paper and will withstand little eager fingers. Even though my daughter is only 11 months she can open most of the flaps herself now.
An extremely well thought through book that is written in an appropriate speech and a subject most children enjoy (animals) and made of good quality materials. I am sure will be a big hit with my little girl as it was with me.
The price is reasonable where ever you get it from, Amazon new £2.99 used from .99p, Play £3.99 new and Ebay .99p plus postage for used or even just borrow from the library!
Other products in the Dear Zoo range include a pop up book published in 2004 from £2.99 Ebay, an Activity pack at £5.99 from Play.com or a buggy book at £4.99 also from Play.
I love books and have very fond memories of certain ones from my childhood, so whilst I was still pregnant I started building up a little book collection for my baby. Dear Zoo was one that I remembered from my childhood so it got added to my virtual shopping basket one day whilst browsing on Amazon...
Dear Zoo, for those of you who are not familiar with the book, is a short and simple lift-the-flap type book which tells the story of someone (it is written in the first person so could be you, could be the author - Rod Campbell, could be anyone!) who writes to the zoo and asks them to send them a pet. Numerous animals are sent in reply to the request, but none of them are suitable for various reasons and they all get sent back, except the last animal who is "perfect"! One example of an unsuitable animal is the first animal which is an elephant, who is clearly too big and gets sent back!
On each left page are the words, "So they sent me a...", with each right page having a flap in the shape of a cage or container to lift up with the animal drawn underneath it. Some of the flaps have cutouts on them so that a clue is given to the animal hiding beneath it! Under each flap is written the reason why the animal was not suitable and the words "I sent him back" with the exception of the last page.
We have the board book version of Dear Zoo (it is also available in paperback, hardback and a pop up version) and so I didn't introduce my baby to it until she was around 10 months as I was worried that she may tear the flaps. However the book is still in a pristine condition, despite the fact that my little girl (now 17 months) quite often leafs through the book and lifts the flaps by herself. Some of the flaps are a bit tricky for little fingers to open so she sometimes needs help, but I'm sure this will get easier for her to do in time. Despite this occasional difficulty, this is my daughter's favourite book - I sometimes have to hide it from her to make her look at different ones!
I think that the repetition in the book is a very good idea. It makes it easy to read and easy for older children to remember for them to join in and also for them to be able to spot familiar words and the spelling of them. For a younger child, the lifting of the flaps is excellent for adding interest and also helps with their hand to eye co-ordination. The animal drawings are simple and colourful and the containers are also brightly coloured. I have found that it is an excellent way to teach my baby animal names and also animal noises and she especially enjoys trying to say "sssssssnake!".
If you are trying to build up a decent book collection for your little one, then you could do a lot worse than adding this to your shopping basket. Or maybe you just remember the book from your childhood and want to reminisce? Whatever the reason, you really will not regret buying this book. I know that I didn't!
The board book version is currently available to buy on Amazon.co.uk for £2.49.
Written by Rod Campbell, it is available as a board book, paperback and pop-up book priced around £5 (depending on which book you buy and where you buy it!) found in all good bookshops and online book stores.
Dear Zoo is about a boy who writes to the zoo asking them to send him a pet. On each double page you will find a picture of an animal carrier with an animal hiding under a flap with the story telling you why each animal is sent back to the zoo until the last page when they send him a puppy which he keeps as the perfect pet.
The book is great as it has lovely pictures of animals and the flaps you can look under making it popular with older babies and children.
You will be able to read this with your child and have lots of fun in addition to reading the story getting them to make the sound of the animal with you, naming the animal, trying to guess what the animal could be before lifting the flap. The language in the book is simple and repetitive which will help your child when learnning to read.
I had this book as a child and I loved it, I remember my brother having it after me and now I have a copy for my son too! He enjoys looking at the pictures and making noises for the lion and puppy at the moment!! He loves animals and going to the zoo so it's a great book for him, so I love sitting down and reading it with him.
Dear Zoo is a delightful childrens book and number two favourite in my sons list. It is written by Rod Campbell and now published by puffin, The first publication of this book was in 1982 so a book that has stood the test of times and obviously adored by children.
A very simple and easy read and it's not long before your child will be joining in a reciting the sentence undeneath the flaps which are designed in various containers or doors you would expect to find these animals in but will you want to keep that animal or send him back?
Doesn't matter if your child likes animals or not this is a good read and will leave your child smiling. Not giving anything away but all the animals are beneath flaps and a child writes to the zoo to ask for a pet and what they send is never quite right for them until the end of the book as all the animals have a trait that is typical to them.
The books illustrations are bright and colourful and the flaps in the book are made of fine cardboard to make them stronger though these could be ripped easily by very young children if left unattended.
It does come in hard back to and there is a version available with a CD that tells the story and your child can join in and read by Caroline Quentin. I've recently also found a pop up version of the book rather than flap which I thought was nice and when you open up certain items such as a crate in the book you will find some of the animals.
I highly recommend this book, it's available at all good book shops, online and in some supermarkets, cost £4.99. A lovely book which your child will enjoy and read over and over.
This is such a great book forchildren of all ages. It has been written by Rod Campbell and has some great illustrations. The book can be brought as a paper back or you can buy it as a hard board book, which makes this boos suitable for children of all ages.
The story starts off where someone writes to the zoo to find them a pet. The zoo manages to send them a number of different animals such as snakes, monkeys and frogs all of these pets being unsuitable for a number of different reasons such as a monkey being to cheaky and a frog being too jumpy which means the pets have to get sent back to the zoo. Then finally the zoo think long and hard and finally come up with a great pet a dog and they keep him.
I brought this book for my son when he was 2 years old and he loved the story, then when he started school at 4 they read the story there too. He is now 5 years old and still lover reading the story.
A letter to the zoo to ask for a pet - now who would have thought! I can imagine many a child particpating in this task after having heard this story - what fun, what excitment the thought of having an elephant sent in the post! But lets be practical - an elephant coming to live in the back garden of a two bed semi in clacton, hmmm, lets try again. So finally a small playful puppy is sent and he is just perfect! For this small child as this is who I imagine is writing, a puupy is the perfect pet, set your imganitation free, what would be your perfect little bundle? I hope that as this book is written in the first person that children who read it do imagine that it themselves in this world of make believ, how would they feel, what would they say, would they be so calm if a lion turned up on the doorstep? How much would it cost to send the lion back? Ahh such fun and creativity!